Planning starts at home
This month's edition of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine contains a very enlightening article regarding the personal finances of the Obamas and Bidens (October: pages 35-36).
Most everyone should agree there's a critical need for our next administration to develop and implement an effective and realistically achievable plan to resolve our country's serious financial issues.
It is the voters' responsibility to select the best-qualified candidates to perform this challenging task. Here's the Web URL where you can review the article and decide for yourself: http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/obama-biden-family-personal-finances.html
I am a firm believer that smart fiscal planning and responsibility starts at home.
More than a tag line
"Dedicated to Serve" is more than a tag line for the candidacy of Kirsten L. Keilitz to become Grand Traverse County's next Probate Court Judge.
The daughter of Gene and Marlene Keilitz, Kirsten and her sister, Kelli Hannum-Spencer, a longtime Traverse City Public Schools educator, were taught at an early age that community service is a responsibility.
Dad, Gene, for many years directed the local United Way. And some of the family's earliest memories are of lending a hand at the Salvation Army.
It is these life lessons that will make her an outstanding Grand Traverse County Probate Judge.
Won't be a statistic
This Election Day I won't be a statistic. I'm voting for Bridget Mary McCormack. Each election around 25 percent of voters fail to cast a vote on the non-partisan section of the ballot where candidates for the Michigan Supreme Court are listed.
The court affects everything from pensions and insurance to our environment and consumer protection. McCormack is a legal educator and scholar who has spent thousands of hours in the courtroom and who believes everyone deserves a fair shake in our courts.
On November 6 I won't give my ballot back until I vote McCormack.